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David A. Bird

May 14, 1954 ~ September 1, 2021 (age 67)


“The Wharton Warrior fought his last bout and went out swinging”

David Allen Bird, born May 14, 1954, passed away at his beloved home early Wednesday morning September 1st 2021

Dave graduated from Morris Hills High School in 1972 and soon after became a professional boxer. He was trained by Lou Duva (deceased) and went on to become a 2 time NJ Golden Glove Light Heavy Weight Champion (1978 & 1979) as well as a Finalist in the NY Golden Gloves.

More recently he retired from Mt. Hope Rock Products/Tilcon after 33 years of employment as a Heavy Equipment Operator.

His last few years were spent in retirement enjoying life and his family.

Dave was larger than life and his beautiful smile and legendary storytelling will be deeply missed by every person that knew him.  Memories of Harley rides, sporting events and family trips will always be cherished.

Family and friends can honor his memory by attending the viewing 1-4pm and service 4pm on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 South Main Street, Wharton, NJ.

Dave’s legacy continues through his dearest wife Cheryl Bird (Herrick) and beautiful daughters Shannon Holsonback (Bird) of East Greenville, PA, Elizabeth Bird and Rose Bird of Wharton, son-in-law Scott Holsonback and 2 grandsons William and Luke David Holsonback.

Brothers John Bird III, William Bird, Larry Bird, Kevin Bird, Timothy Bird

Sisters Penny Negrin and Heather Bird

Brother-in-Law Alex Negrin

Sisters-in-law Hicha Bird, Patricia Bird and Michele Siclari

Nieces and Nephews Tyler Herrick, Andrea Bird, Melissa Sherfey, Kevin Bird Jr., Jennifer Bird, Timothy Bird Jr., Brianna Bird, Kaitlyn Sikorski, Justin Bird, Samantha Hantis, Merrick Thibault and Jack Thibault and lifetime Best Friend Gary Secallus.

Dave will be welcomed home to Heaven by his father John Bird Jr, mother Nettie Bird, sister, Laurie Bird, nephew John Bird IV, sister-in-law Donna Bird and Uncle, mentor and fellow Wharton Warrior Jack Goldsworthy.



To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of David A. Bird, please visit our floral store.


September 5, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bermingham Funerl Home (Wharton)

Funeral Service
September 5, 2021

4:00 PM
Bermingham Funerl Home (Wharton)

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